GSM-Based SMS Time Reservation System for Dental Care

GSM-Based SMS Time Reservation System for Dental Care

Reima Suomi (Turku School of Economics, Finland), Ari Serkkola (University of Technology, Finland) and Markku Mikkonen (Social and Health Affairs - City of Lahti, Finland)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/jthi.2007070105


In this article we focus on the application of a mobile time reservation system for dental care. The specific application allocates cancelled dentist times to new customers and new customers are searched from a waiting list with Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) Short Message System (SMS) messages. This article shows how standard, widely used technology—when used innovatively—can bring many benefits to many stakeholders with reasonable costs and changes in business processes. We present and analyze the function of an SMS message-based dental service appointment reservation system that has been implemented in Lahti, Finland. The analysis contains a description of the system’s function, as well as some assessment of the success from the service provider and customer point of view.

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